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Does America Love or Lust Big Government?

Feb 26, 2013 10:00 AM PT

As cringeworthy as it is to admit, Ezra Klein's opinion that Americans really do love the benefits of federal spending, is very valid. Klein sites a recent report by the Pew Research Center, a report worth reading. The report which highlights a new national survey, found very limited public support in the area of reducing federal spending for a number of specific programs, which include entitlements, health care, defense and education: 

For 18 of 19 programs tested, majorities want either to increase spending or maintain it at current levels. The only exception is assistance for needy people around the world...Yet the survey also finds higher percentages support increases rather than decreases in spending for education, veterans’ benefits, entitlements and other programs. Six-in-ten (60%) say they would increase education funding, while 53% want funding for veterans’ benefits and services to grow and 41% say the same about spending on Social Security.

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Detroit- Most Miserable City in the US

Feb 22, 2013 5:01 AM PT

According to Forbes rankings, Detroit is the most miserable city in the United States. 

Home to violent crimes, high unemployment, decreasing population and economic crises, Detroit beat out Miami (last years winner) along with Flint-MI, Chicago-IL, and Modesto-CA.  The news comes on the heels of a panel of experts who said last week "the automotive city was facing a fiscal emergency and potential bankruptcy, as well as a possible financial takeover by the state."

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